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Get festive in the Hills

Learn what's happening around the Adelaide Hills this festive season.

Crowd at the Lights of Lobethal event

Explore the Adelaide Hills this festive season.

Pageants, cherry picking, koala spotting and more. Here's what you can do in the beautiful Adelaide Hills this summer.

Here's some highlights that we think you're sure to enjoy with more details below!

Get into the Christmas spirit

Christmas pageants begin early December, so get the kids out for a sneak peek at Santa Claus!

Carol signers rejoice! There are Christmas concerts in Stirling and Houghton, so put your best Christmas outfit on and get ready to sing along!

The official Lights of Lobethal festival is back and kicks off on 9 December. This is the largest light display in the southern hemisphere and it's not to be missed! The festival features the famous Lobethal pageant on the opening night.

Christmas cheer not your thing?

If you're after a little less Christmas and a lot more delicious, then there is plenty for you too!

For tasty delights, you can sip your way through the day at some of SA's best wineries or enjoy the Adelaide Hills leg of the epicurian way

The Adelaide Hills is a food lovers haven offering everything from cheese and chocolate, brewries and distilleries, to world class restaurants, and cool cafes.

If you prefer to be the one in the kitchen, then why not take a cooking lesson at Sticky Rice Cooking School. With a range of cuisines to choose from, you’ll be taught new skills and have the opportunity to sit back and dine on the delicious food.

Prefer the Great Outdoors?

Find a trail to explore on foot and enjoy nature at its best or if wheels are more suited, hit the Amy Gillet bikeway.

The Woorabinda Bushland Reserves are a hidden gem of the Adelaide Hill. Here you will find tranquil walking trails full of natural bushland, a lake, and loads of biodiversity.

The Aldgate Valley Nature Walk, also known as the Valley of the Bandicoots nature walk, connects Aldgate and Mylor. The two hour or six kilometre walk within Mylor, Aldgate, Bridgewater is split into two stages and is known for biodiversity and provides habitat to many species of native animals.

Mount Lofty Botanic Gardens is a beautiful and relaxing escape all year round. In the summer months enjoy extended opening hours, take a stroll or have a picnic and feel the serenity.

For some high-octane fun, pull out the BMX and test your skills on a dedicated track. There’s Woody Trials in Woodside, Mylor Sherry Park, Birdwood Bike Track and Pamona Road Bike Track in Stirling to try.

Playgrounds for all, big and small!

One thing the Adelaide Hills boast is great playgrounds!

Lobethal Bushland Park has something for the littlest of people and challenges for the big kids too. Plus, the whole family can enjoy the view of the lake and a trek around the park's trails.

Mount Torrens playground is tucked behind the quant township and is home to a huge sandpit, tepees, monkey bars, climbing challenges, swings, and a pulley system on the pirate ship like structure. This playground is sure to get the kids imaginations running wild!

Bridgewater Lions Park, featuring a flying fox, plenty of climbing, swings and a slide, this playground has something for everyone to enjoy. The creek provides a great opportunity for some nature play at this idyllic spot.

Steamroller Park is located in the Stirling Township. This park is a popular one! It has equipment suitable for ages 2 -12 and plenty of room for a picnic.

Kersbrook Playground is other child’s delight with plenty of nature play equipment, in-ground trampolines, a flying fox, sandpit area and swings. What more could a kid want?!

Hello Wildlife Warriors!

Cleland Wildlife Park, here you can get up close to many fury friends. Pat a Koala, feed a Kangaroo, learn about dingoes, and try to spot an echidna. You’ll also be spoilt with breathtaking views of the Adelaide Plains as you walk through the wildlife park.

Warrawong Wildlife Sanctuary is located just out of Mylor and is home to an abundance of Australian wildlife. You’ll see emus, platypus, kangaroos, wallabies, bandicoot, reptiles and more!

Gorge Wildlife Park is placed on 14 acres of land where you can wander through the shaded paths and see one of the largest privately owned collection of Australian and exotic animal. With both Australian native animal and exotic animals, you could meet the Tasmanian Devils, Wombats, Kangaroos

Adelaide Hills Tourism

Can't find what you're looking for? Check out the Visit Adelaide Hills website for more inspiration.

Event listings

Our Service Centres and Libraries will be closed for the Christmas and New Year public holidays and will operate at reduced hours on Sunday 24 December.

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